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DAYS Recap – Sept 10 – Sept 14th

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Sami asks Rafe how he feels about her, which leads to a fraught moment. EJ interrupts and pointedly asks Rafe about Nicole and the baby, successfully ruining the moment. Rafe abruptly leaves, but later finds he can’t get romantic thoughts of Sami out of his head. He encounters Lucas, and their conversation twigs Rafe to finally understand what EJ is doing – he’s using the fact that Rafe is (supposedly) the father of Nicole’s baby to drive a wedge between him and Sami. Rafe almost approaches Sami to tell her the truth, but for Nicole’s sake, pulls back. EJ makes his strong feelings clear to Sami, and is so romantic and persuasive she finds herself swept up in his plans. Later, those plans are aborted when Hope informs EJ he must resign as mayor. He does so, but makes a very pointed comment about wanting to spend more time with his family – and it’s clear he means Sami.

Nicole watches as Daniel passionately defends Jennifer to a bitter coworker, Anne. Nicole later “subtly” reminds Daniel that Jennifer will never get over losing the love of her life… Jack. She also shares her big news: her baby is a boy. She asks Daniel to be the godfather, and he accepts, based partly on his bittersweet memories of Parker. Nicole is confident the baby will draw them together, and later urges Daniel to feel her baby kick.  Jennifer is upset that Daniel seems angry with her. Kayla thinks he’s just preoccupied but wonders why Jennifer is so bothered by it when they are just friends. Jennifer snaps at her, then quickly apologizes. She admits to Kayla she’s been on edge lately, ever since Jack’s death. Later, Kayla and Abe have a nice encounter as they talk about her taking over Lexie’s old job as hospital Chief of Staff. Melanie is stunned by Chad’s proposal and thinks he’s doing this because Nick is getting released from prison. Chad denies. He just loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He gives Melanie time to think it over, and she seeks advice from Abigail.

Hope brings Nick to Maggie’s house. By the terms of his parole, he has to stay with family. Maggie, of course, agrees to take him in. Later, Melanie comes looking for Maggie, and comes face-to-face with Nick. Abigail comes on to Cameron but then pulls back again. He voices his understanding that she’s still not over her grief and guilt about her father, but Abigail doesn’t want to talk about it. He backs off. Abigail regrets pulling back and leaves a sexy voicemail for Cameron, which Jennifer overhears. Jennifer tries to counsel her daughter, making sure they are being safe. This leads to an argument in which Abigail blurts she’s a virgin.

Melanie receives an unexpected shock when she stops by the mansion to visit Maggie but comes face-to-face with Nick instead. Seeing her reaction, he takes a step towards her – only making things worse when she recoils in fear. Maggie arrives and asks Nick to give her a moment alone with her granddaughter. Maggie is beyond apologetic and says she wanted to warn Melanie that Nick had moved in. Melanie quickly denies she was frightened, insisting she was only surprised. Nevertheless, she is clearly shaken. She returns home to Chad and finally accepts his marriage proposal.  Apologetic Nick tells Maggie it would be better for everyone if he found another place to live. Later, while looking for a job, he runs into Caroline and the tension is instantaneous, given their history. He apologizes for letting her take the rap for Trent’s murder all those years ago and knows he must prove to her – and everyone else – that he’s changed. Caroline surprises Nick by offering him a job at the pub, where he can demonstrate just how dedicated he is to turning his life around.

Jennifer and Abigail have a fight, fueled by the grief they’re both feeling over the loss of Jack. Jennifer leaves and is overcome with emotion… and that’s when Daniel finds her. He lends a sympathetic ear, allowing her to vent her frustrations. Nicole finds them and is very wary. Once alone with Jennifer, Nicole is blunt: Jennifer hurt Daniel horribly once and if she cares for him at all, she’ll let him heal and not draw him in now that she’s alone.  Daniel feels Nicole’s baby kick. The moment is interrupted by Brady’s arrival.

Sami gets a nasty reminder via Kate that the way she bounces from man to man has left a lot of wounded exes in her wake. She resolves that Rafe has moved on and deserves to be left alone. When EJ shows up at her door, she tells him it’s time they picked up where they left off, and they make a romantic date for the next night.

EJ spends the day multitasking – on the one hand he is prepping for a romantic evening to win over Sami and on the other, he is starting the ball rolling to take legal action to get custody of Nicole’s baby. These two agendas come together as EJ plans to use Rafe’s alleged paternity – a likely deal-breaker for Sami – to take his rival out of the running for her affections.  Nicole confides her feelings for Daniel to Rafe. He encourages her to be honest with Daniel – the secret they share about her baby’s paternity could be threatened if Rafe, Nicole and Daniel start keeping secrets from one another. Nicole calls Rafe on his growing feelings for Sami. She encourages him to take his own advice, to be honest with himself and go after what he wants. Later, Rafe shows up at Sami’s, hoping to talk her out of her date with EJ.

Sami puts Will in the loop about her possible reconciliation with EJ. Will is reluctant to give romantic advice but he cautions his mother to look before she leaps. Later, Will finds out from T that Sonny is interested in him. Meanwhile, Adrienne is dismayed when Sonny reveals he has feelings for Will.  Melanie bristles at the men in her life -Chad, Daniel and Brady – who are being too overprotective. Daniel finds out Melanie is engaged to Chad, and does his best not to flip out, even though he fears the engagement is a knee-jerk reaction to Nick’s parole. Jennifer and Brady both ditch their group grief counseling session, and end up consoling each other over a friendly snack.

Sami reacts to Rafe’s declaration that EJ is not the man for her. Sami, inwardly hopeful, asks who Rafe thinks she should be with if not EJ. Rafe, unable to acknowledge his feelings for her, blurts no one. He suggests to an offended Sami that she concentrate on her kids. Sami insists reuniting with Johnny and Sydney’s father would benefit her children, but Rafe disagrees – she and EJ are toxic together. Plus, EJ will never change. He will always be working an ulterior motive. Sami points out Rafe doesn’t want her to be with EJ – but at the same time, he doesn’t want her, either. So what is she supposed to do? Rafe is hit and starts to leave. But then, in a surprising moment, he pulls Sami into a searing kiss. When they finally come up for air, both are stunned… and Rafe quickly exits, leaving behind a bewildered Sami. When EJ finally shows up for his date with Sami, he asks if she’s ready to go… and she hesitates.

Sonny questions Adrienne about her negative reaction to him saying he has feelings for Will. She explains that while she adores Will, she feels like he comes with too much baggage – namely his parents. She also feels that with all of his issues, Will isn’t ready for a relationship. She’s privately relieved when Sonny admits Will rejected him. Meanwhile, Will finally gets T to reveal that Sonny is into Will and was never with Brian. Will heads over to the coffee house, where he tries to clear the air with Sonny, but he’s interrupted by Chad, who tells them about his engagement to Melanie and asks them to be groomsmen. Chad realizes Melanie might ask Gabi to be in the wedding and quickly leaves. Will finally confesses to Sonny that he thought he and Brian were a couple – but T set him straight. Sonny freezes, wondering what else T told him. Will indirectly lets Sonny know he’s aware that Sonny likes him – and Will feels the same way.

Gabi meets Nick at the pub and is stunned to realize who he is. Nick is straightforward with her and earnest in his desire to prove he’s a changed man. Gabi is affected. Also, Bo learns Caroline hired Nick and supports her decision.  Melanie shares her good news with Abigail and Gabi, asking them to be in the wedding. Stuck, Gabi is forced to accept the offer. Chad rushes in and pulls Gabi away from the girls, telling her there’s no way she’s going to be in the wedding. It’s over. At the same time, Abigail and Melanie stop by the pub. Melanie is unsettled when they run into Nick and learn he is working there. Chad and Melanie celebrate their engagement with EJ. Chad asks his brother to be his best man.

Rafe is churning inside, not sure how he feels in the aftermath of the kiss he shared with Sami. He makes an attempt to vent his frustrations and talk it out with Brady but remains just as torn as before. Meanwhile, EJ gets an unwelcome surprise when Sami tells him she can’t go on their date. She’s flustered off kissing Rafe and makes up an excuse that doesn’t hold water. EJ quickly realizes this is about Rafe. His temper flares but he quickly reins it in, claiming he can be patient. Once alone, however, he reveals his true rage. He finds Rafe and challenges him… and the men look ready to duke it out over Sami.

Nicole hates the idea of Jennifer and Daniel working together and does what she can to derail them from getting any closer. She tells Maggie that Jennifer isn’t coping well with Jack’s death and suggests Maggie take her out of town on a vacation. Maggie shoots down the idea. Meanwhile, Daniel impulsively intervenes on Jennifer’s behalf with Anne and later, when it gets back to Jennifer, she overreacts, with Nicole’s lectures about staying away from Daniel ringing in her head. When Nicole hears how Jennifer jumped down Daniel’s throat, she nearly jumps for joy. Seizing the moment, Nicole manages to turn comfort into something more and kisses Daniel… just as Jennifer decides to seek him out and apologize.

Chad threatens to expose Gabi for what she did to Melanie if she doesn’t get herself out of the wedding. Gabi finally stands up for herself, telling Chad that if he does tell Melanie the truth, it’ll inevitably come out that he’s known for a while and kept it from her. Gabi opens up about how she felt about Chad, saying she felt led on to a degree. She takes responsibility for what happened but it wasn’t all completely her fault. Chad is left having to let Gabi continue with plans to be a bridesmaid. When Melanie comes home, she tells Chad how Maggie thinks she’s only marrying him as a reaction to Nick’s return. Melanie assures him it’s not true: she’s with a loving, honest man and she wants nothing more than to marry him. Chad stuffs his guilt.

Will and Sonny finally realize they’ve been working at cross purposes and are attracted to one another. They’re full of anticipation for what’s next, both resolving to take things slow.

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LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Will and Sonny scenes!!! Chandler and Freddie were perfect and it was so great to see their amazing chemistry on full display! So glad that WilSon has finally begun! Just hope they don’t take it too sloooow. BTW, the only thing wrong with the scenes was the Will/Gabi sex flashback (ENOUGH ALREADY) and having Will see Gabi right after the sweet hand holding with Sonny. Total mood killers. Hope we see lots more sweet WillSon couple moments (minus Gabi), and some real kissing soon!!!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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